WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- AAAS MemberCentral, the newest Web site from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will host a live online discussion focused on the 2013 U.S. Federal Research & Development Budget. The event will take place Tuesday, 24 July at 2:00 PM ET.
Planned cuts to federal spending in 2013 would have profound and immediate impacts on the U.S. scientific enterprise. A potential budget "sequestration," for example, set to take effect in January 2013 unless policymakers can agree upon deficit-reduction strategies, would reduce non-defense discretionary spending by approximately 8% across most federal programs. (For details, see http://tinyurl.com/7hbust7.)
Led by Matt Hourihan, Director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, the live online discussion will focus on the R&D budget process, the implications of sequestration for U.S. R&D funding, and the decisions that have already been made regarding fiscal year 2013 budget appropriations. Participants also will be able to ask funding-related questions during the event, which is free and open to the public.
"So much of scientific research and development in the United States is driven by federal funding," said Hourihan. "The impact of sequestration on the scientific community would therefore be significant. Avoiding the 'fiscal cliff' remains a priority for many in Congress, but the path forward isn't clear."
"A number of AAAS members and researchers from across the scientific enterprise are concerned about R&D funding levels for the upcoming fiscal year," said Ian King, Director of Marketing and Member Services for AAAS. "Our goal, in hosting this online discussion, is to help the scientific community achieve a deeper understanding of what the R&D funding climate will be like in 2013 so that they can plan accordingly."
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